Purpose of Permits
All permits issued by the Engineering Department are designed to do one or more of the following:
- Alert the permit holder of their responsibilities while working in, occupying or traveling along the public right of way and the potential liability should City infrastructure be damaged.
- Assure that emergency service providers and other urban service providers are made aware of planned blockages of City right-of-way for whatever legitimate purpose.
- Control the proliferation of obstructions, of whatever nature, within the public right of way.
- Limit the potential for damage to road infrastructure by limiting the routes of overweight and/or oversize vehicles.
- Protect the City and its citizens by insuring that work performed in the City's right of way is conducted in a safe manner and to City standards.
Types of permits
- Banner Permit
- Motor Vehicle Permit
- Right-of-Way or Public Improvement Permit
- Special Event Permit
- Utility Connection Permit
Applying for a permit
There are three ways to apply for a permit.
- By mail/courier
- At the counter (no appointment necessary)
- Via our online permit portal
Applying for Permits Online
At this time, only Right-of-Way and Public Improvement Permits (PIP) are eligible for online application.
- To apply for permits online, you will need to sign up for an account!
Step 1: Application – You apply for your permit.
Step 2: Evaluation, Assessment, Authorization – We evaluate the information provided, set the fees and authorize your payment to be made online.
Step 3: Payment – You pay your fees which sends us a notification that fees are paid.
Step 4: Issuance and Document Attachment – We issue the permit and attach the permit document for you to print.
- Right-of-way permits are generally issued within eight calendar days.
- PIP’s have a longer review time and may take up to 28 calendar days for the first review.
- You can schedule inspections by calling the inspection phone line at: 360-442-5090, press 1 after the initial recording.
Questions and Resources
- Phone 360-442-5200 or Email Public Works Permits
- PermitTrax User Guide (PDF) which is updated frequently.
Accepted Forms of Payment
- Checks made out to "City of Longview"
- Visa and MasterCard Debit / Credit Cards